October 3, 2015

Oct. 3

October 3, 2015:  Saturday, 26th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Hand' tie pin:  You were 'hand'ed over because you angered God. (1st reading); "My Father 'hand'ed all things over to me" (gospel)
  • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  You provoked your Maker with sacrifices to no-gods (1st reading)
  • 'Girl with heart' pin:  As your hearts strayed from God, turn to seek him (1st reading); may your hearts revive (psalm)
  • 'Serpent' tie pin:  "I've given you power to tread upon serpents..." (gospel)
  • 'Children' tie:  You've revealed hidden things to the childlike (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see...." (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
Listen

Pope Francis to Banco Alimentare charitable network
Hunger has assumed dimensions of a true scandal threatening the life and dignity of many.  It's an injustice that thousands go without food in a world rich in resources.  It's even more serious now in Europe with the arrival of migrants and refugees fleeing from wars and violence.
Thank you for feeding the hungry:  “I was hungry and you gave me food.”  Though we cannot work miracles like Jesus, we can do something humble.  We can recognize the humanity present in every person in need.  Never forget they're persons, not numbers.  Look them in the eye, shake their hand, recognize Christ in them, and help them to recover their dignity.
Read
  • Bar 4:5-12, 27-29  Fear not, Israel!  You were handed over to your foes because you angered God.  You provoked your Maker with sacrifices to no-gods, forsook God who nourished you, and grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.  She saw God's anger coming upon you:  God has brought great mourning upon me, for I've seen the captivity God has brought upon my children.  For their sins I'm left desolate.  Call out to God!  He'll remember you.  Turn now to seek God; he'll bring you back enduring joy.”
  • Ps 69:33-37  "The Lord listens to the poor."  Be glad and praise God; he'll save Zion and rebuild Judah.  They'll dwell in and own the land....
  • Lk 10:17-24  The 72, rejoicing / Jesus:  “Even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” / “I've seen Satan fall from the sky.  I've given you power over the enemy.  Don't rejoice over that but rather that your names are written in heaven.  I give you praise, Father, for you've revealed hidden things to the childlike.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and the Father except the Son and anyone the Son wants to reveal him to.”  To the disciples:  “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  Prophets and kings desired to see what you see and hear what you hear but didn't...
Reflect
    • Creighton:  I don’t think we can anger God; I think the 1st reading is a projection of our own anger onto God.  We've been given power to recognize the Love that is God.  May we be attentive to where/when we're angry, and when we say “God is angry,” then ask ourselves what's really going on....
    • One Bread One Body:  "Disastrous":  Most people have suffered disasters, some as a result of their sins.  If we seek the Lord, he'll save us and bring us back a lasting joy.  The Lord turns all things to good for those who love him.  The Lord turned Job's disasters into blessings.  The Father turned the disaster of Jesus' death to the joy of his resurrection.  Disaster, sin, and death are not the last words....
      The Blessed Martyrs of Sussex
    • Passionist:  What are the no-gods we bow down before?  We can worship money, the happiness we think it can buy, status, power, beauty, freedom, food, drink, pleasure, or choice.  Have I put any of those before God?  Where do I spend my time and energy?  May I seek God above all else and let him use me....
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus tells his disciples to not rejoice in their success because true joy is from God alone.  Jesus' prayer declares God as Father and Lord and warns that pride can close us to God's truth and wisdom.  True humility leads us to recognition of who we are in God's sight and of our dependence on God.  Jesus contrasts pride with simplicity and humility.  The simple of heart see purely and acknowledge their dependence and trust in one who is greater and wiser.  Humility is the soil in which grace can take root.  The grace of Christ-like humility inclines us towards God and disposes us to receive God's wisdom and help.  Nothing can give us greater joy than knowing we're God's beloved....
      • Martyrs of Sussex:  10 English martyrs, 4 lay and 6 priests over 140+ years:  John Rugge, Thomas Percy, Thomas Pylcher, Henry Webley, Edward Shelley, Ralph Crockett, Edward James, George Gervase, Thomas Bullaker, William Howard.
      • St. Thomas Cantilupe, bishop